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Student Interview May 2015

1st May 2015

This month we interviewed Lalique and Naomi from the Netherlands.

What are your names and where are you from?

I am Lalique, from the Netherlands.
I am Naomi, also from the Netherlands.

Which course are you doing?
L: I am taking the CAE Course.
N: I am taking the EFL 20 course.

So far, what do you like most about Studio?
L: The cosiness of the school.
N: The hospitality and friendliness of the teachers.

What do you think about the teaching methods that we use?
L: The combinations of different methods are excellent.
N: There is a lot of variation in the lessons, they never get boring and the teachers are enthusiastic.

Has your English improved?
L: Yes.
N: Yes, you learn a lot of grammar and speaking, you learn quickly because you constantly speak English with the other students.

What do you think about British people? Are they different from people in your country?
L: British people are more polite and prepared to help than Dutch people.
N: There is not a big difference, but one thing is that English people love their food and lots of dishes in particular!

What is your favourite thing about Cambridge?
L: The cultural character of the city is amazing, I like to visit the old city centre.
N: The buildings and the punting of course, it’s beautiful and punting is really fun to do by yourself. Cambridge is a city with a great history.

How is Cambridge similar/different to your city?
L: Both have a lot to offer, but Cambridge has beautiful colleges and the old city centre.
N: It is totally different, Cambrige is much bigger and has a lot more people.

What do you think the advantages of living in a Homestay are?
L: Living in a homestay is cheaper, you will learn about British culture and improve your accent.
N: With a homestay you will learn correct English and they can correct you. Also they will become like your family and share everything with you.

What do you talk about or do with your Host (family)/housemates?
L: We talk about the differences and similarities between our countries, activities, working/studying and our social lives.
N: We talk about everything, when you spend long enough in a residence or a homestay they become like your family.

What are the differences between life in the UK family and at home?
L: Mostly the food and the people!
N: I’ve never lived alone before, and there are lots of differences in the language and the people.

How do you travel around Cambridge and why?
L: By bicycle, because I’m used to cycling in the Netherlands, it’s a cheap and easy way to travel.
N: I originally travelled by bus, but I then bought a bicycle cheaply in Cambridge. Cambridge is a nice place to cycle and you can be independent.

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